Five international schools in Singapore share their approach to bilingual education
"Five international schools in Singapore share their approach to bilingual education"
honeykidsasia.com - 28th September 2017
Laura Munaro, GESS
GESS believes learning any language should be meaningful to the child.
“At GESS, we encourage our students to deepen their roots and find their wings through the acquisition of languages and the understanding of different cultures. From Grade 1 we offer the IB curriculum delivered in English, or the German curriculum delivered in German. Starting in August 2018, we will be offering a German-English bilingual track in Kindergarten. In order to support our multicultural community, GESS also offers a Language Enrichment Programme (LEP) in more than 10 languages such as Danish, Dutch and Mandarin to help students maintain fluency in their mother tongues. Our students have displayed confidence in communicating and a well-developed sense of global citizenship. This is supported by language learning and displayed through collaborations such as the bilingual opera, Snow Queen, which our English and German-speaking pre-primary students worked together on for their final exhibition. We believe that learning any language should be meaningful to the child and integrated into daily life. As partners in their children’s language development, we encourage parents to talk to their children, share experiences, ask questions and support their children’s answers and interests. If children are interested and motivated, they will never be bored with learning languages.”
Author: Sheralyn Loh, HoneyKidsAsia